New folk duo songwriting with a musical-theater streak
Penny and Sparrow are Andy Baxter and Kyle Jahnke, from the heart of Texas. Previously roommates, the duo makes music influenced by The Swell Season, Bon Iver, Mumford and Sons, and others. They also love musicals, and you can hear that in the way their music effortlessly draws you in with their rich harmonies and deep, moving lyrics. Penny & Sparrow make music with a return-to-basics approach that yields extraordinary results, without artifice or gimmicks. Other influences include the books The Fault in Our Stars and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. They come to Michigan with their much-awaited new album, "Wendigo," that expands their literary and sonic palettes, exploring themes of love, darkness, urban legends (like the titular creature), and an ambitious trilogy of songs featuring an unusual take on humanizing the Grim Reaper. Lowland Hum, the husband-and-wife duo of Lauren and Daniel Goans, opens the show.